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Pollen count: What is it today? How to allergy proof your home to help hay fever symptoms

Extractor fans

Tempur recommends using an extractor fan in the kitchen and bedroom to remove moisture and particles wherever in use.

Switch the extractor fan before preheating the oven and leave it running while you cook and for a few minutes after you’ve finished.

Also, check your heating and cooling system, and ensure that ducts are clean and proper air filtration is in place.

You should also check your car ventilation system and make sure it has the cleanest possible air flow.


Hay fever sufferers should keep windows and doors shut as much as possible, particularly during high pollen count days.

The pollen counts are highest between 5am and 10am, so limit exposure outside during these times, particularly if the morning is warm and dry.

You should open windows and doors in the evening to prevent locking pollen and irritants into rooms.

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Good day ventilation is crucial for hay fever sufferers to disperse any particles that have built up in the home.


Tempur says that pillows should be changed every 18 months. Pillows can become breeding grounds for dirt, oil, dead skin and dust mites.

You should also use allergen-proof barriers covers on the mattress, duvet and pillows to prevent allergens and regularly washing all bedding will prevent any pollen transfer.

Washing your best sheets on a 60 degree wash will make sure that it kills any bacteria that has bred on your bed sheets.

It is advisable to also change your mattress every eight years as this can also be a breeding ground for different types of bacteria.

You can check the accurate pollen count here: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/pollen-forecast#?date=2020-06-01

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